I've always been interested in a wide variety of music. Over time, there have been many groups that I have been fans of.
Although I generally try to be original with my music, as I said on my "About Me" page, I am always coming up with new concepts and ideas for things the moment I get a first sample, sot here's undeniably a very large amount of influences on my music considering that I' constantly sparking new ideas from things I know about. One could even say that the very concept of hearing music influenced me, since it was how I was even able to know that music exists.
Here's some groups that currently influence me, sparking my imagination as to what my songs could be.
F-777 Of all the people/bands/whatever I take inspiration from, F-777 makes arguably the closest music to what I make in Music Tech class. I first learned about F-777 from custom songs in a video game called Geometry Dash (which aren't really custom, they're just not a part of the official soundtrack so you must port the songs over from newgrounds, some place to get music and play video games), but his music just kept getting stuck in my head. Some of his best songs are Ludicrous Speed, Deadlocked, and Shaolin Warrior. F-777 ultimately had an impact on how I make my music. any of my techno and hip-hop compositions sound very much like they are from Newgrounds, because that is where I hear most techno and hip-hop music on, as well as dubstep.
DJ Nate Similarly to F-777, this is one of my favorite techno performers. He has made catchy songs, such as The Beginning of Time, for example. There's not much to say about DJ Nate that can't be said about F-777 as well.
I learned about DJ Nate on Newgrounds as well.
Keep in mind there is also a DJ Nate out there who does live performances and is not on Newgrounds. That is not the DJ Nate I am referencing here.
Middle School Band experience Before I learned to make my own music, instead I played music. I played marches, slow and lyrical pieces, and other genres as well.
The biggest influence middle school band has on my music is the genres of music I make. I can make hip-hop, but also techno, march, rock, classical, blues, mariachi, dubstep, and other musical genres, too. There's no genres of music I truly dislike (excpet for the majority of Future Bass, but that's because I'm not a fan of certain styles of Future Bass- the genre itself is fine, people just do it in such a way most of the time that I'm not a huge fan.) Because there's no genres I truly dislike, anything goes when it comes to genre. With that said, a lot of the pieces I make at home are marches, not hip-hop. I also might make other genres of music in the future, but hip-hop- marches, techno, rock, and dubstep are my strong suits, especially if they're video game music, as I said earlier.
Of all the people who have been involved with my musical life, Mr. Flinchbaugh, the band director at my middle school, and Mr. McCready, the Music Technology teacher at my high school, have had major impacts on me as a musician That picture seen above is one of my Middle School, Clarksville Middle School. Go Comets!
Incredibox The first piece we ever made in Music Technology was with a program called Incredibox. Before then, I had only heard about it once before. At first, I thought Incredibox was dumb, but I quickly grew fond of it. I eventually downloaded the Incredibox app, and started messing around with that. It was worth the 4 dollars. Nowadays, I often will mess around on Incredibox for fun because I have nothing better to do. I even sometimes make Incredibox remixes in my head because I have every different voice in the game practically memorized. The game has essentially become something I mess around with if I have nothing better to do.
As it currently stands, 2 of my Music Tech pieces were made with Incredibox. I generally try to avoid using Incredibox, because come on- it's just dragging some thingies onto some dudes, but I will often upload an Incredibox remix assuming that either A) I needed to, or B) I'm testing a new device to see if I can upload songs to my Weebly profile.
Oh, and one last thing; Me and my friends are going to attempt to prove that trying to recreate Incredibox in real life is very funny and very amusing, and I recommend all of you try it as well.
Other Music Tech Students Many of my ideas for songs come from other students from Music Tech class. At the moment, I am considering an idea I received, which was to make a song out of normal everyday noises, such as air horns, dog barks, pencils, etc.
Overall, I can take many good ideas from fellow classmates in Music Tech.
Weezer This rock band is one I've been listening to recently (As of March 2019, when I wrote this.) I first gained interest when I listened to their famous cover of "Africa" by Toto. After a while, I tried listening to some of their other music. I wasn't interested at all at first, but recently I was told the whole family was going to a Weezer concert. (It's actually a two-for-one concert between Weezer and the Pixis, plus a third band called "The Basement" was the opening act, but I mostly went for Weezer), With this said, I started to listen to more of their music. I began to like their music more, and this group quickly gained my interest. I've known about the band my whole life, but recently I've begun to start to be a fan of their music. My personal favorite song by them at the moment is "Buddy Holly."
Imogen Heap This is one of two music artists we've learned a great deal about in music tech class. The first of the two was a man named Les Paul, who although being the first of this kind in many ways, just honestly isn't that good when compared to Imagine Dragons, Weezer, etc. The second artist we learned about is Imogen Heap, who is an amazing electronic music producer. At the moment (March 1, 2019), I've only listened to Hide & Seek, Magic Me, and various songs from her album Ellipse, but I'm excited to hear more. Fun fact: Imogen Heap's song "Hide & Seek" was sampled and recycled for use in Jason Derulo's "Whatcha say." The end part of the song (I invite to to listen to "Hide And Seek" for yourself) was used for the refrain of the song "Whatcha Say."
Queen Queen is undoubtedly one of my favorite bands of all time. With amazing songs like"Radio Ga Ga," "Who Wants to live forever," and "Another one bites the dust," this group has a taste for music similar to mine; craving innovation in kinds of music yet to be explored. Queen was a highly innovative group, with plenty of creativity to go around. Their variety of music shows that they're not limited to just standard rock and roll, and their unusual writing style shows that they're not traditional musicians. This is something I tend to do, as I try not to stick to what's required of me in music tech but instead like to seek how I can build off of what is required. This group is what ultimately lead to my taste in rock and roll music.
Pink Floyd Like Queen, this is yet another innovative rock and roll group. They've written in a wide variety of styles, from the hard rock feel of Another Brick in The Wall, to the smooth feel of Comfortably Numb. I used to not be a huge Pink Floyd fan, but the group has grown on me as of 10th grade's beginning, and I've learned just how good they are at writing music.
Adam Neely A bit of a different example of an influence on my music comes from Adam Neely, a Youtuber who's entire channel is dedicated to making music. I tend to watch his videos in order to learn more about how to write music. I like to learn about some of the things I can do in music so that I can customize my songs as much as I possibly can, and a source like Adam Neely can help with that to a great extent. I often like to innovate with my music, and learn about how to customize my music to my liking. When I was in 8th grade, before I was introduced to Ableton, I was writing a march, and I wanted, rather than having one snare drum, to have two, with one to the left side of where the piece was being played, and one to the right. The snare on the left would play on beats 1 and 3, ad the snare to the right on beats 2 and 4. You could probably imagine how excited I was when I learned that panning music like that was already something you could do in a digital recording studio.
Adam also frequently shares stories about his life in a cover band, such as his story where he discusses how he accidentally butchered "Can you feel the love tonight" by Elton John. As a musician, I thoroughly enjoy this.
Jon Bon Jovi This was one of my favorite musicalartists growing up. I can still remember sitting in my dad's car, listening to Bon Jovi music There's honestly not a lot to say here- Bon Jovi's just an awesome guy.
Billy Joel Ah, yes, Billy Joel. I only recently got into his music (as of 1/16/2020, which is when this being written), but he's still a really good musician. He has a musical style similar to mine- upbeat, varying, and just very charismatic.
I myself honestly want to try to create a rock and roll piece and put it up here on my Weebly page.
The Beatles One of the first bands I began to know a lot about was The Beatles, thanks to my father's interest in Beatles music. These guys really had a lot of creativity when it comes to their music, which is one of the big reasons I like them so much. Like Billy Joel The Beatles are just really charismatic and fun.
Mahito Yokota One of the unsung heroes when it comes to my music is Mahito Yokota. If you've never heard of this man before, it's becuase his music is art of a bigger project- Nintendo games. Mahito is an EDM composer for Nintendo, being the writer of soundtracks such as both of the Super Mario Galaxy games, ARMS, Mario Kart 8, and a part of the soundtrack to Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
One of the things Mahito does so well is that he can really hone in on what mood his music is supposed to portray. The Space Junk Galaxy theme from Super Mario Galaxy is very calming and peaceful to match the galaxy's peaceful theme, the ARMS opening sequence really shows that ARMS is a cinematic brawling game, and the Smash Ultimate theme needs no introduction.
Elton John Once again, Elton John is another creative and unique musician that I really enjoy. I'm beginning to feel like a broken record saying that, so this will be the last entry for my influences. Honorable mentions to OneRepublic, who I feel bad for excluding from this page, but once again I feel like a broken record.